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February 03, 2017

Pathfinder International Gets New Leader; Brookings Head Stepping Down

Caroline Yang

Lois Quam, the new chief executive at Pathfinder International, was once special adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Pathfinder International

Lois Quam, former special adviser to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was named chief executive of Pathfinder International, a nonprofit that focuses on reproductive health.

Ms. Quam is a faculty member at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and was previously chief operating officer at the Nature Conservancy and founding chief executive of UnitedHealth Group’s Ovations division, which later became UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. Ms. Quam also served as executive director of President Obama’s Global Health Initiative at the State Department.

Ms. Quam was a Rhodes scholar and was named one of Fortune’s "50 Most Powerful Women in American Business" three times.

American Friends of the Rambam Medical Center

Richard Hirschhaut, senior director of external relations at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, was appointed executive director.

National Children’s Center

Patricia Browne, the center’s chief operating officer, was promoted to chief executive. She will succeed Jesse Chancellor, who is retiring.

Seattle Children’s Museum

Christi Stapleton, a management consultant, was named executive director of the museum.

United Way of Greater Mercer County

Sandra Toussaint-Burgher, who has served as interim chief executive since September, will be the nonprofit’s CEO. She previously served as its vice president for resource development.

Other notable appointments

Holly Bode, director of public affairs at Alliance of Community Health Plans, will serve as vice president for government affairs at the American Kidney Fund.

Jason Honecker, vice president for operations at Lincoln Educational Services, was appointed chief operating officer at Andrus.

Kendra Davenport, former president of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, will serve as senior chief of development, communications, and international programs at Family Matters of Greater Washington.

Donn Weinberg, executive vice president at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, was elected chair of the Philanthropy Roundtable’s Board of Directors.


Sister Libby Fernandez, executive director of Loaves & Fishes, in Sacramento, will step down in June to start a new ministry to tackle homelessness.

Allen Smart, vice president for programs at Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, plans to step down at the end of February.

Strobe Talbott plans to step down as president of the Brookings Institution in October after more than 15 years at the helm of the prominent Washingtion, D.C., think tank.

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